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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

VII

          "CHANGE me, some God, into that breathing rose!"
          The love-sick Stripling fancifully sighs,
          The envied flower beholding, as it lies
          On Laura's breast, in exquisite repose;
          Or he would pass into her bird, that throws
          The darts of song from out its wiry cage;
          Enraptured,--could he for himself engage
          The thousandth part of what the Nymph bestows;
          And what the little careless innocent
          Ungraciously receives. Too daring choice!                   10
          There are whose calmer mind it would content
          To be an unculled floweret of the glen,
          Fearless of plough and scythe; or darkling wren
          That tunes on Duddon's banks her slender voice.


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